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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*]
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Columbia Pictures Corporation, Overbrook Entertainment
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures
Director(s): Andy Tennant
Producer(s): James Lassiter, Wink Mordaunt, Will Smith, Michael Tadross, Teddy Zee
Written by: Kevin Bisch
Cinematography/Camera: Andrew Dunn
Music: Alan Elliott, George Fenton
Film Editing: Troy Takaki, Tracey Wadmore-Smith
Casting: Kathleen Chopin
Production Design: Jane Musky
Art Direction: Patricia Woodbridge
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
I am so sorry this report is so late (it is now March 2, 2005, nearly a month after the release of the movie). By license the only time I can get out to view films is after the foster kids go to bed and mom is home. When mom is gone for five days there is no opportunity to get out without the kids to view films for analysis let alone build analysis reports and web pages. Such delays are likely and unpredictable until we can find enough funding that I can draw a salary at least equal to my wife's nurse salary, consistently and long-term, so she can quit and stay home with the seven kids (the only ones licensed/trained to care for the two foster kids within 50 miles are my wife and I). Also, since we are, by license, to avoid leaving only my wife or I with all seven kids unless they are in bed for the night and since the last showings at the local theater start before bedtime except for Friday and Saturday nights, Friday and Saturday nights are the only times I can get to the theater to view films for analysis, that is, when other family matters permit it. So, when mom is gone and/or the kids are not in bed for the night, the CAP Movie Ministry has to shut down. And I actually do need to sleep.
More bad news for the CAP "family." Due to financial stress, these Summary/Commentaries with Scriptural applications, the most time-consuming part of these analysis reports, must be discontinued or at least heavily abbreviated. Our "staff" is all volunteer so I cannot reduce expenses by a reduction in force (even typing that phrase stirs a swirl of discomfort in me). I must reduce expenses by reducing time/content. As with the last time this happened (and this time may be the last time this happens), the Summary/Commentary section may be reduced or discontinued for a while but the Findings/Scoring section will not be affected. The Findings/Scoring section is the heart of the CAP analysis model. The only way to discontinue it is to shut down.
Hitch is a story of a "date doctor", whose love life is empty. The pain of a previous love affair kept his shields up. But Alex "Hitch" Hitchens' (Will Smith) compensates by teaching men how to find the girl of their dreams, Among the number of episodes of Alex "Hitch" Hitchens' (Will Smith) match-making as the date doctor of New York, Hitch's shields drop for gossip columnists Sara (Eva Mendes) whose best friend was sexually victimized by one who appeared to be one of Hitch's clients.
Another of Hitch's clients was Albert (Kevin James), the plump tax accountant of O'Brian, Thompson & Kincaid who had fallen in love, if only one-sided, with one of the firm's millionaire clients, Allegra Cole (Amber Valletta). Albert stood up to the firm against their questionable advice to Allegra and lost his job but won her heart in doing so. Well, her respect and interest at the start anyway.
And there was one male to male kiss in this comedy but it was the first time I had seen such in a film where it was clearly not a homosexual inference.
Several capers of match-making freckle the script for nearly two hours (1 hour and 53 minutes, excluding trailers and credits). Also freckling the script and screen were examples of assault on morality and decency.
The greatest point loss is programming was found by the Sexual Immorality (S) investigation area; programming such as a man and a woman making out in bed, lots of excessive cleavage and sexually coarse/vulgar talk. Sexual Immorality found enough assaults on morality to lose all of the starting 100 points. [Mark 7:21, Gal. 5:19, 1Ths. 4:1-5] Second place in point loss is the programming found by the Offense to God (O) investigation area, due entirely to the use of God's name in vain. [Deut. 5:11] Tied for third place in point loss are Impudence/Hate (I), mainly due to foul language [Col. 3:8] and lying [Prov. 19:5], and Drugs/Alcohol (D), mainly due to booze, drinking and drug use [Eph. 5:18], both investigation areas found programming which earned scores equivalent in magnitude to R-rated films in the comparative baseline database, not in severity of examples but in the combined magnitude of all examples in each individual area (see CAP Rule of 1000
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
(The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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